SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — A teacher at Corner Canyon High School is in the intensive care unit (ICU) after testing positive for the novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
Additionally, more than 500 members of the high school community in Draper are in quarantine.
“It’s just been a nightmare," said Talesha Jensen, who’s mom, Charri Jensen, has been teaching at Corner Canyon for eight years. She said her mother has taught everything from fashion strategy to interior design.
Talesha told KUTV:
My mom was like, I have a little cough, but it’s nothing. I swear it’s just a cold.
That was last week. It wasn’t just a cold.
She found out not too long after that her coworker that works in the same department tested positive (for COVID-19).”
Charri ultimately tested positive for the virus. Talesha said her symptoms weren’t bad at first but by Wednesday she was admitted into the hospital.
Talesha said the last time she heard from her mother was Wednesday night.
“She sent us a text that said they’re transporting me to the ICU. Then that was like the last thing we heard. We all just said I love you," Talesha said.
Since then, she says her mom’s condition has gotten worse.
“She is on a ventilator. She has a breathing tube that is placed. She also has to have a feeding tube," Talesha said.
Now, COVID-19 has quickly moved through the rest of the Jensen family.
“The day after she tested, me and my dad went and got tested. We tested positive.," Talesha said. "The day after that, my sister, my sister’s boyfriend, his family, they all went and got tested. They were all positive. My aunt and uncle from Las Vegas came and visited the week before. They all tested positive. My uncle is actually in the hospital in Vegas right now, too.”
At Corner Canyon, the school website states that a rise in positive COVID-19 cases has forced officials to continue a split schedule that divides the number of students in the school at a time until at least September 25th.
“There are some things that I don’t really agree with the school, like staying open. Cause there are lives... lives are more important. Bottom line. But they’re trying their best," Talesha said,
But Talesha believes her mom will get through the illness and get back to teaching.
“She loves those kids, she loves the faculty. She loves that school," she said.
The district declined to speak with 2News, in part saying it is preparing for a special meeting tonight.